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Teen pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge speaks out from hospital

Jordan Holgerson says she’s lucky to be alive, but will be recovering from her injuries for several months.

VANCOUVER — “I could have died.” That’s what 16-year old Jordan Holgerson had to say Thursday afternoon from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where she’s recovering from injuries sustained after she was pushed from the Moulton Falls Bridge on Tuesday.

Jordan Holgerson, who was injured after being pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge on Tuesday, speaks from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Thursday. Photo by Chris Brown
Jordan Holgerson, who was injured after being pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge on Tuesday, speaks from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Thursday. Photo by Chris Brown

“I’m in a lot of pain without medication,” the Kalama High School student says. “I have five broken ribs, there’s air bubbles in my chest.”

She also suffered a punctured lung, along with severe bruising and welts all over her stomach and legs.

Flanked by her friends Macey Tucker and Taylor Lavigne, and sister Kaytlin, with her mom Ganelle looking on, Jordan said the moments between when she was shoved, and when she landed violently in the water 60-feet below are still kind of a blur.

“In the air I was trying to push myself forward, so I could be straight up and down, so that my feet hit first,” she says, “but that didn’t really work.”

Jordan says she thinks she might have blacked out during the fall, but woke up after hitting the water. She realized she couldn’t breathe, and tried getting back to the surface. Earlier she had said someone helped pull her out of the water, but on Thursday, due to an active investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Holgerson wouldn’t answer questions about who she was with, or what happened before or after she was pushed.

This screen capture from a viral video posted on Facebook shows the moment Jordan Holgerson was shoved off of Moulton Falls Bridge.
This screen capture from a viral video posted on Facebook shows the moment Jordan Holgerson was shoved off of Moulton Falls Bridge.

In a video of the incident that quickly went viral on social media and websites around the world, someone can be heard counting down. Jordan hesitates, and a male friend says “well she’s saying no.” A woman standing behind Holgerson appears exasperated, before unexpectedly shoving the teen from the bridge. People gasp as a very audible thud is heard when Jordan hits the river below..”

“You know, going up to a sixty-foot-high bridge… don’t climb up there,” Jordan said on Thursday.

Holgerson’s mom, on Wednesday, had said the woman who pushed her daughter is an adult, was friends with the teen, and had apologized. On Thursday, they declined to confirm any of that, but Holgerson did go so far as to say that she would be choosing her friends more wisely from now on.

Jordan Holgerson and her friend, Macey Tucker, speak Thursday from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Photo by Chris Brown
Jordan Holgerson and her friend, Macey Tucker, speak Thursday from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Photo by Chris Brown

There is at least one sign at Moulton Falls Bridge warning that jumping is illegal, and yet people do it every day during the Summer. Holgerson says she has swam there before, jumping from the rocks down below, but this was the first time she’d ever contemplated jumping from the bridge.

While Holgerson was hoping she would get to go home from the hospital in the next couple of days, she has a long road to recovery. The active teen was hoping to play sports this coming school year, but likely will miss out.

“I have to wait for quite a while,” she says, “probably for three months. … Can’t do anything active for six weeks. I’m supposed to just keep walking and trying to make my lungs healthier.”

The air bubbles in her chest will also prevent her from flying anywhere for at least the next three months.

Jordan Holgerson fell 60 feet after being pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge by an unidentified friend. She suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung, and severe bruising.
Jordan Holgerson fell 60 feet after being pushed from Moulton Falls Bridge by an unidentified friend. She suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung, and severe bruising.

As for her sudden fame, the teen says she’s not a fan.

“I don’t like it. There’s too many notifications on my phone,” she says. “Like 500 follow requests on my Instagram. That never happens.”

She did thank her helpers, including “a lot of people I don’t know who are helpers… on the Internet.”

Despite the scare, Holgerson says she doesn’t plan to stop swimming.

“No,” she laughs, “I’m still going to have fun.” Then, after a pause, “When I’m better.”

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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